All of these suggestions deal with ways to begin healing. We relate them to the experience we just had, but they can be implemented into any kind of “loss” situation. No one in this world is exempt from suffering. Personal suffering can help build deeper compassion in our being. Practicing self-care skills is an important part of the healing process, and we are sharing with you what we have put into motion to deal with our stress, in hopes that somewhere down the line our experience and sharing may help someone else.
Sunshine Canyon does not look the same right now. It will not fully recover within the time we have left on this earth. One of the great truths of life is that everything changes and ends, and sometimes rather quickly. We allow ourselves to cry when we hike up the road to a forest that is now blackened and charred. We will allow ourselves to celebrate when we see the green that begins to come back in the spring. We are grateful to our neighbors and our friends; grateful to the beauty that this canyon has given us over the years. There is still work to be done; grief and sadness that will become integrated, and grace and gratitude that will underscore our faith in God and nature.